More than 75 small dogs removed from home

Aug. 2, 2013 at 2:36 PM

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla., Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said they had to condemn a house where at least 75 dogs were living with a blind man.

Altamonte Springs police said officers and Seminole County Animal Services officials responded to the house Thursday after the homeowner, a blind man, called authorities and said he wanted to surrender some of the canines because his caretaker recently died and he found himself unable to care for himself and his pets, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported Friday.

"He cares about the dogs," Altamonte Springs Senior Officer Robert Pelton said. "It was just overwhelming for him."

Investigators said the man had been living in his garage due to the condition of the home, which was filled with large amounts of dog feces.

"The dogs have taken over the entire house," Pelton said.

Pelton said the dogs were taken to a public shelter. He said some of the animals appeared to be in poor health, but they were all alive.

Animal Services workers said they do not yet know whether the dogs will be made available for adoption.

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